School Spirit: “The Gallows” (2015) Review


Twenty years ago, the Beatrice high drama club put on a production of “The Gallows”. During a malfunction with the gallows itself, the lead in play, Charlie, is killed by hanging. Now, on the anniversary of the production, “The Gallows” is being revived. But the drama club has their own superstitions about the auditorium and the high school itself following Charlie’s death. This time, ex-jock Reese (Reese Mishler) is playing the lead role in order to win over drama geek Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown). But in the process, Reese is realizing the humiliation at stake by doing this. Under the advice of his best friend Ryan (Ryan Shoos), the two, along with Ryan’s cheerleader girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) break into their school and begin to destroy the set in hopes of canceling the show. It is then that they run into Pfeifer and the four become trapped in the school and discover that the legend of Charlie may be true.

The Gallows is another entry in the horror found-footage genre. But this time it’s adding slasher into the mix. The trailers made it look like it could do a decent to fine job with it. Unfriended with the first example to use this, while I didn’t care for that film overall, it did well with mixing the two. The Gallows gives us very stereotypical characters; the sensitive jock, the douchebag jock, the good girl, and the bitchy girlfriend. While this is fine and dandy, it is taken too far to where it intolerable. Even the characters we are supposed to like are horrendous and you don’t care about them at all. The jock and his girlfriend are givens, but the lead male is way too much of a whimp and the good girl is way too cheerful and innocent. The actors themselves, while not amazing by any means, do fine with their roles despite a few bumps throughout.

As for the story, the story is one of the aspects that really held it together. I admit I’m a huge sucker for urban legend stories and this one did not disappoint, it used this legend well and it could remind you of any urban legend you may hear on a college campus or high school about something happening in an old building. Along with this they used the setting perfectly with school, it gave it the perfect atmosphere and lighting as well as sound. The sound is enough to leave you wondering if it’s just the building itself or if it’s Charlie. In terms of the slasher aspect it was decent. We have each of the teens getting off, all by the means of a hangman’s masked Charlie with his noose. Charlie himself is very creepy and by far has the best moments of the film (especially one that gives a slight nod to a scene from Halloween). Although I wish they wouldn’t have gone back and forth from making him invisible, to not. With the found footage, it really didn’t work with this film. The movie overall would have been much better had it been a standard format film, adding a chilling score to the mix could definitely added to it a lot in making it scary. In its short running time and small cast, we get little to work with (worse that they were unlikable). If they had done it in regular format, a few more people should have been added to make it a better slasher story.

Overall, The Gallows isn’t horrible, but it isn’t everything I was hoping for. It has an excellent story, a great killer with semi decent deaths, solid atmosphere/setting, and a great use of sound and lighting. However, the characters, the found-footage aspect itself most especially, keep it from being a damn good supernatural-slasher film.

–Cody Landman


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Slasher Studios Exclusive: “Dismembering Christmas” DVD Sneak Preview

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Here it is slasher friends, the official DVD artwork (credits not finalized) for Dismembering Christmas created by Tony Hartman. Thanks Tony for your amazing work! Preorder begins in September with orders shipping in October. Official release date will be announced this weekend! Don’t forget to pick up a limited edition Dismembering Christmas shirt too! We are running low on these and once they are gone, they are gone for good.

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Artwork by the awesome Garreth Gibson Illustrations.



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Summer of Slashers Sale: “Don’t Go to the Reunion” on DVD for $10 (With FREE Poster)


As a special summer of slashing treat, we are now offering our first slasher, Don’t Go to the Reunion, at the lowest price it has ever been! Order your DVD for just $10 while supplies last. All orders come with a FREE Don’t Go to the Reunion poster. DON’T miss this killer deal and thanks again slasher fans!

Plot synopsis:
Scott Rantzen (Brady Simenson) is a horror movie loving misfit who is teased by the popular students in school. When a date with the very popular and very beautiful Erica Carpenter (Stephanie Leigh Rose) backfires, he feels as though his life is ruined. Ten years later, the gang reunite for their class reunion. Little do they know that someone is waiting for them and ready to see that they pay for what they did. Is Scott back for revenge and will the old gang survive to tell the tale? It’ll be more gore for Class of 04.

Loaded with Special Features! Region Free and Factory Sealed!
* Audio Commentary with the filmmakers
* Teaser Trailer
* Blooper Reel
* “Class of 2004” Yearbook
* Audition Reels
* Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, Blood Brothers)

Don’t Go to the Reunion

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Aussie Horror: “Charlie’s Farm” (2014) Review


Charlie’s Farm is a new Australian slasher movie staring Tara Reid (Sharknado, Urban Legend) and Kane Hodder (Hatchet trilogy). The film follows a group of friends who go on a camping trip to the Australian outback. On the trip, they are in search of the house where a family of sadistic murderers were killed by locals. Known as “Charlie’s Farm,” there are many that believe Charlie is still alive and will kill anyone who dare to enter his land.

Going into this film, I tried to keep an open mind. While Sharknado was a hit, Tara Reid hasn’t exactly had the greatest career as of lately. Shockingly though, I found myself being wildly entertained by this film. I was so happy when the film actually turned out to be really good.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the best film ever made by any standard. However, for what it was and for what it was trying to, I found it to be a pretty decent effort. The acting was okay, decent enough, for this type of film. Though I think the Australian actors were far better than Tara Reid’s performance.

I felt that he gore was the strongest element in this film. The kills were very violent and will please all of you gore hounds out there. After experiencing many Aussie horror flicks, it has come to my attention that most of them don’t exactly end well for the characters. Not to spoil anything but this film was pretty damn dark at times.

This film is definitely worth checking out for those of you who enjoy the old classics of the 70s and 80s. It really had an 80s slasher vibe going on and a lot of it really reminded me of Wolf Creek (2005) I felt that it was filmed very similarly to All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) which also had a retro vibe to it. Overall I highly recommend this. It’s not for everyone but it certainly shocked me.

–Ross Wilcock

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“Dismembering Christmas” Rewards Update For Backers


Were you one of our awesome slasher supporters? We will be sending out surveys tonight to get information (names & addresses) for Dismembering Christmas backer rewards. Please respond to the email ASAP so we can make sure you are credited in the final film as well as have your current address on file. Thanks again to everyone!!! Our goal is to have the final film out to backers in September with a general release of Dismembering Christmas in October.

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Slasher Poster Friday: “Halloween II” (1981)

Last week on Horror Movie Poster Fridays, I shared my favorite posters of the Friday the 13th franchise. This week, with the upcoming entry in the Halloween series just months from filming, I thought I’d share my favorite posters of my personal favorite entry in the Halloween franchise. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, Halloween II is the sequel that has divided many horror fans. Some love it, some feel indifferent, and some absolutely despise it. I personally prefer it to the original and have a lot of memories with it.

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Check back next week for an all new Horror Movie Poster Fridays.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

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Slasher Studios World Premiere: “Dismembering Christmas” Official Trailer


We are pleased to bring you the world premiere trailer for our newest horror feature from Slasher Studios: Dismembering Christmas. Make sure to like the film on Facebook for updates on the upcoming slasher as well as pick up your limited edition Dismembering Christmas t-shirt today. It’s going to be a gory good time!!

It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

Slashing up DVD & limited edition VHS/Blu-ray this Fall.

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